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And of course you are! Just don't let him play with you! You may be twenty-one, but you don't know everything. " Hyacinth said fiercely now, "This talk is all about your hating Gerald, Francinc. That's all it is. I can't believe the things you've said. " "I never said I hated him. " Francine glared at Hy. " "There is no comparison, Hyacinth. None at all. We knew each other well. Our families knew each other. We were part of the same community. " Hy kept looking at those tiny vertical lines between her mother's delicate eyebrows; they were the only lines to mar her perfect skin.
Pretend you never heard anything, and go about your business. " "And you'll say yes? " "Of course I'm sure. " This observation, coming from this particular mother- in-law, astonished Hyacinth. " This was spoken with a wry smile. "Still, perhaps you should think about what she said. " For the first time ever, Hy was receiving no comfort here, where she had expected to find agreement and indignation on her behalf. "You're annoyed with me, Hyacinth. " . "Cheer up. The sky hasn't fallen. " The old-fashioned cliches, usually rather amusing and endearing, were at this moment neither.
Hy gave it a title: Woman with Silver Bracelets. For all her modern dress and manner, she also had the poise and polish of what Sargent would have labeled Portrait of Francine. "My goodness, what a beautiful table! And the chicken dish-it looks like your mother's, Jim. " "No, Granny's. " "Well, this is a feast. " Loquacious as always, Francine spoke brightly, gliding from one topic to another, certain that they were waiting to hear her. "I don't believfc it's been two years since Tom's wedding.
After the Fire by Belva Plain